Israel & Jordan Christmas tour

10 Days, 2 Countries. Celebrate Christmas in the Holy Land, where the Christmas story first took place. Explore historic destinations including Jerusalem, Petra and more at the most festive time of the year!
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Summary

The Israel & Jordan Christmas tour explores all the iconic cities and sights of the Holy Land - complete with the festivities and lights!

See the cities of Tel Aviv and Amman embellished with Christmas trees and twinkling lights. Meander through the sites of ancient Jaffa and the holy city of Bethlehem. Gain insight and knowledge from local guides as they take you through some of the most historic sights, including Jerusalem and Petra. Celebrate with food as you are treated to delicious local dishes like hummus, aubergine with baba ganoush and falafel!

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend Christmas in a Bedouin Camp in the Wadi Rum desert! Float in the Dead Sea and relax as you lounge at the Red Sea resort in Eilat. Wander through the bucket-list pilgrimage sites of Mount of Olives and Nazareth. Israel and Jordan have it all - religious significance, culture, tradition and beauty. And when you add the Christmas festivities you’ve got the perfect Middle-Eastern Christmas tour!

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Why this Trip

  • All tour dates are guaranteed to depart.
  • Only 10% deposit or minimum $110.00 required and no booking fees.
  • Modern air-conditioned coach transport.
  • High quality accommodation.
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Itinerary PrintView full Itinerary here

Start in: Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv, from 15:00 hrs
End in: Jerusalem

Jerusalem, from 10:00 hrs
Duration: 10 Days
Ages: 10 - 75+
Places: 2 Countries
22 Experiences

DAY 1: Arrive in Tel Aviv

Welcome to the Middle East and Tel Aviv, the buzzing and vibrant city on Israel’s Mediterranean coast! Once you’ve checked into your hotel, the rest of the day is yours to explore the city. Marvel at the architectural sites, or sit back and relax at one of the little cafés that Tel Aviv is known for. At night, the city will come to life with twinkling Christmas lights and nightlife.

DAY 2: Jesus' Baptism Site - Mount Masada - Eilat

After breakfast we head to the banks of the Jordan River Valley to Qasr el Yehud, the site where Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist. Leaving the religious site behind we drive through the Judean Desert, to Mount Masada. Enjoy the views of the Dead Sea below, and the panorama of the Moab Mountains in Jordan. We’ll spend the night in Eilat, where you can delight with an included dinner of local dishes at a traditional kibbutz - a true Israeli experience!

DAY 3: Eilat - Free day

It’s Christmas Eve and you get to enjoy it on the shores of the Red Sea! Walk along the beach or go diving in the clear blue waters. Timna Park and Dolphin Reef are also perfect ways to pass the time before celebrating tonight. The Underwater Observatory is also an unforgettable experience! Keen to explore further afield? Head to the Red Canyon hiking trails to explore the mesmerising red rock canyons. There are trails for every fitness level.

DAY 4: Aqaba - Wadi Rum

It’s Christmas Day and we’re heading to Jordan and it’s incredible natural landscapes! The first stop is the port city of Aqaba, famous for its bustling Arab marketplace, or ‘souk’ as its locally known. It’s the ideal place to buy some festive souvenirs. Get ready for the highlight of the day as we jeep safari into the Wadi Rum desert. The local Bedouin drivers will show us the epic lunar landscape where movies like “The Martian” were filmed. Tonight we stay in a Bedouin camp - settle down to a dinner of traditional Bedouin and Jordanian dishes and celebrate Christmas together around a campfire under the stars.

DAY 5: Petra - Dead Sea - Amman

Set off on an adventure to explore the ancient site of Petra, known as Jordan’s most popular archaeological site. Petra is also one of UNESCO’s 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. Its fame reached new heights when it was featured in the movie Indiana Jones. We’ll discover the many tombs and temples carved into the pink sandstone cliffs, including the star attraction, The Treasury (Al Khazneh). We’ll sit down to a traditional lunch before we travel on to the Dead Sea. With the high content of salt, the Dead Sea gives swimmers the feeling of weightlessness and you can even lie back and read a book! This evening we’ll have free time to explore the capital, Amman, our overnight destination.

DAY 6: Jerash - Sea of Galilee & Capernaum - Nazareth/Tiberias

Jerash dates back to the Roman times and is one of the largest archaeological sites in the Middle East. We enjoy a local lunch in this historic place, before crossing over to Israel and visiting the Sea of Galilee. A highlight of our Christmas tour, this freshwater lake is an important pilgrimage site for Christians. Capernaum is our next destination, this fishing village is believed to be the site where Jesus performed his Biblical miracles. We then overnight in Nazareth or Tiberias.

DAY 7: Nazareth - Caesarea - Tel Aviv - Jaffa Port - Jerusalem

First up today is Nazareth, the city said to be the childhood home of Jesus. The city is famous for its religious significance and for the numerous architectural sites. Then, we head to the coastline and the beautiful port town of Caesarea. This was built as an important port on the Mediterranean coast by King Herod, and later became the capital of the Roman Judea province. We highly recommend that you make your way to the Caesarea amphitheatre. It’s one of the oldest in the eastern Mediterranean! This afternoon we’ll take a city tour to explore urban Tel Aviv and Jaffa, the ancient port city that inspired the biblical story of 'Jonah and the Whale'. This evening we overnight in Jerusalem.

DAY 8: Bethlehem - Mount of Olives - Jerusalem

Start the day in Bethlehem, with a guided tour of the city where Christians believe the Nativity of Jesus took place and the Christmas story began. Top sites include the Church of Nativity and the beautiful Shepherds’ Fields. Catch a glimpse of the Banksy wall on the Israeli West Bank Barrier. View the City of Gold from the Mount of Olives and wander through the Church of All Nations. Onwards to the Old City of Jerusalem, a destination that is home to more religious sites than any other square kilometre in the world! Visit the Wailing Wall, Mount Zion, Via Dolorosa and even more! End the day back in Jerusalem, where you’ll have the evening free - we recommend visiting the Yehuda Market. Look for some of the Christmas time delights like Mamoul cookies (butter cookies) or Ghraybeh, Middle Eastern sweet shortbread.   

DAY 9: Jerusalem - Free day

A free day to take your time to explore! Jerusalem has been described as one of the most spiritually intense destinations in the world. It's a holy land for Christians, Muslims and Jews alike. After spending time in the old city yesterday, you can head out to some of the other big attractions today. The Israel Museum is a must-see and is one of the top archaeological and art institutions in the world! We also recommend Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, the 9/11 Memorial Plaza and Gardens of Gethsemane. Of course the iconic Tower of David is also well worth a visit.

DAY 10: End of tour

Your tour of Israel and Jordan has come to an end. After breakfast we say our farewells! We hope this has been one of the most memorable Christmas’ yet!  


Tour Accommodation


* Please note that we do use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here

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What's Included

  • 8 nights hotel accommodation (twin share with private en-suite facilities) and 1 night camping (twin share with shared bathroom). Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room
  • Services of a local representative throughout the trip
  • 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Private air-conditioned transport
  • 22 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences)
  • Not Included: Visas and border fees. Check the Pre-departure Information here for more information

Additional Costs

Please note that entrance fees for the following experiences on this tour are not included in the tour price. Please keep them in mind as you budget for your trip.


Optional Excursions

Optional excursions are payable in cash currency to your tour leader whilst on tour.
  • Bedouin camp tent upgrade

Return customers get 10% off!

If you have traveled with us before you qualify for a 10% rebate. To claim your rebate, simply type your previous Booking Number in the "Special Notes" box at the final Payment step of the checkout. 

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How we make awesome trips affordable

  • No intermediary: You book directly from the tour operator so you don't have to pay any travel agent.
  • As a Europe leading bus tour operator we have 11 years of experience finding the best hotels for your budget and continuously optimizing our selection based on customer feedback.
  • We book our hotels well in advance so we get great value rates that we can pass on to you!
  • Thanks to the great number of people who travel with us each year, we can negotiate great deals that would be quite impossible for you to find on your own.

Detailed Info Pack

  • Tour start & end points
  • Pre-departure information
  • Pre-tour accommodation

For more information on, starting points & times, emergency contact details, budgeting for your tour & much more you can download our information pack here.

Helpful Pre-Trip Info

Visa

Certain nationalities may require an Israeli and/or Jordanian visa for this tour. Please see our pre-departure information for more details. It is your responsibility to contact the relevant embassies to confirm your visa requirements. We can provide support documentation upon request, please contact us for more information.

On tour costs

Please refer to the tour itinerary for full details of the activities and meals that are included in the tour cost, and those that are optional/extra. We would recommend budgeting 20-40 USD per day (this excludes optional excursions).

Room Sharing

Please note, by default all rooms are twin bed rooms.

  • Partners: When you book for more than one person, we will by default group you together in a room (unless you specifically request us not to). If you are unequal numbers (3, 5, 7 etc.) and we are unable to secure a triple room then the the remaining traveler will be roomed with another passenger of the same gender. 
  • Single Travelers: If you are travelling alone there is no compulsory charge - you will share a twin room with another passenger of the same gender. There is an optional single supplement/private room upgrade available for single travellers who wish to have a private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our customer services team. Please note that the room provided may be a single room with a single bed.
  • Triple Room requests: We can generally provide a triple room on request; however it is not guaranteed to be available in every destination. Please contact our customer services team to request a triple room. Please note that in some hotels, the triple may be a double and a single bed, or the third bed may be a pull-out or bunk-bed. Where we cannot provide a triple room the rooming will consist of one twin room and the third passenger sharing with another single traveller of the same gender.

Free-time

In some destinations you will have a full free day, where you can choose to join our optional excursions or explore on your own.

Meeting Point

Your tour starts in Tel Aviv and finishes in Jerusalem. Please have a look at our essential tour information page for detailed information.

Passport

This should be valid for at least six months after you have returned home from your trip. You should also have at least two blank pages as visas and entry/exit stamps can take up a whole page.

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Have a question?

Are children allowed on your tours?

Our tours are not suitable for children under the age of 10 years old. However, at the discretion of Expat Explore we may consider younger children on certain tours if they meet certain criteria and a request is received in writing via email for consideration. Expat Explore reserves the absolute right to accept or decline a booking at our discretion.

Are international flights included in the tour price?

No, you will need to make your own arrangements to get to the meeting destination for the first day of your tour. Make sure you keep departure times and possible delays in mind when booking flights. We recommend Skyscanner for comparing prices from the vast majority of airlines.

Can you cater for my dietary requirements?

Before the tour starts, you will receive an email from us requesting your dietary requirements. There is always a vegetarian option, which is a meal without meat. We try as much as we can to offer you the traditional local cuisine.

Can you provide a triple room?

We can generally provide a triple room on request; however it is not guaranteed to be available in every destination. Please contact our customer services team to request a triple room. Please note that in some hotels, the triple room may consist of a double bed and a single bed, or a double bed and a pull-out or bunk-bed. Where we cannot provide a triple room the rooming will consist of one twin room and the third passenger sharing with another single traveller of the same gender.

Can you send me a quote?

The price shown on the website for your departure date on the day you book is the price you will pay. If you would like to make a group booking for 10 or more people please contact us.

Do I need a visa?

Please see our visas page and the pre-departure planning section for more information.

Do I need to change money before the tour?

Please make sure you bring with you for the start of the tour the local currency(ies) you will need for at least the first three days, as there may not be an opportunity to change currency at the very beginning of the tour. You should budget for any optional excursions you wish to do in this period (see 'Optional Excursions' tab above) and non-included meals. We don’t recommend carrying large amounts of cash with you on tour; you are better off withdrawing enough cash to last you for the next 5-7 days, rather than carrying enough cash to last you for the entirety of the tour. Please refer to your pre-departure information for more information on the currencies you will require for your particular itinerary.

Do you have on-tour luggage storage facilities?

No, we do not have these facilities. For security reasons you will be required to keep your belongings with you at all times. Please bear this in mind when you are deciding what to bring.

How can I get the documents I need to apply for my visa?

Expat Explore can provide travellers requiring visas with visa support documents on a request basis. Please note that you are required to pay for your tour in full in order to receive the documents. This is an embassy/consulate requirement by law. Once you have received confirmation that your booking has been paid in full, you can request your visa support documents by emailing info@expatexplore.com - please allow up to 10 working days to receive these documents.

How do I book/pay?

You can book online through our website or call our customer service team to make a booking over the phone. You must pay a deposit of the greater of 10% or 50 GBP (or equivalent if booking in a currency other than GBP) via our online payment platform to secure your place. You can pay the remaining amount up to 60 days before departure, with a debit/credit card or with a bank transfer.

How do I pay for optional excursions and entrance fees?

Please ensure you have the necessary cash to pay for the optional excursions and entrances fees you wish to take part in - those in Israel must be paid in Israeli Shekels, and those in Jordan in US Dollars.

How many other people will be on the tour?

It depends on how many other people will book, but group sizes are generally between 15 and 25 people.

How much luggage can I bring?

Due to weight and space limitations, you are allowed to bring one main piece of luggage weighing no more than 20kg, and one small soft bag for hand luggage. On all tours, you will have to carry your own luggage (e.g. into hotels and up to your room if hotels don’t have elevators). Please bear this in mind when you are deciding what to pack.

Is my deposit refundable?

Your deposit payment secures your place(s) on the tour and the price you pay. Your deposit paid at the time of booking is non-refundable. Our full Terms and Conditions can be viewed online.

Is travel insurance compulsory?

Yes, and you are responsible for arranging your own insurance. Passengers and their personal property travel with Expat Explore solely at their own risk. Please refer to our travel Terms & Conditions for more specific information. For a relatively small price, travel insurance provides you with the peace of mind so that you can enjoy your tour without any worries. To receive a quote from one of our preferred travel insurance partners, please click here

What about room sharing & single supplements?

If you are travelling alone there is no compulsory charge - you will share a twin room with another passenger of the same gender. There is an optional single supplement/private room upgrade available for single travellers who wish to have a private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our customer services team. Please note that the room provided may be a single room with a single bed.

What is included in the tour price?

The tour price includes accommodation for the duration of the tour; transport by private coach; breakfasts, lunches and dinners as per your itinerary and guided walking tours and excursions as per your itinerary. On top of this, you will have a tour representative to assist you along the way with great tips and handy advice! Please refer to the ‘Included’ section of the itinerary where a full breakdown is given.

What is the average age of your groups?

We have a very wide range of ages on our tours, and do not restrict our passengers to certain age groups or limits. A positive attitude and an open mind are more important than a number!

What level of fitness do I need to participate in these tours?

All travellers are required to carry their own bags, get on and off the coach and use public transport. Our city walking tours can last up to 3 hours and certain places involve walking up and down lots of steps. We want you to enjoy your tour, so read through the itinerary thoroughly and make your own conclusions as to whether you feel that you are fit and healthy enough.

What time does each day start on tour?

Generally, we like to make an early start, so that you can spend more time at each destination. On your free days, you can have a lie in if you wish!

Where does my tour depart from?

Please see the 'Tour Start & End Points' tab at the beginning of the Help Section for more information on the start and end points, and meeting times.

Who will be my tour leader?

Our tour leaders come from all walks of life, with different backgrounds and interests. They are all confident and well-travelled, with an in-depth knowledge of the destinations they are working in, and a passion for helping you make the most out of your Expat Explore tour.

Will I get confirmation of my payment?

As soon as your payment has been processed by our accounts team, we will send you a confirmation email. Please note this may take up to 5 working days, depending on your method of payment.
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